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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

I teach a group singing class, 32-Bar Audition class, at Steps on Broadway, the best dance school in New York City. The singers in the class are fairly inexperienced.

And yet, magic still happens.

A young woman in class sang Sondheim’s Loving You. The first time through the song it wasn’t all the much fun to listen to. My instruction to her was to sing the song again saying the words simply and clearly. We did the song again and I got goose bumps. The rest of the class was on the verge of tears. Magic.

That’s the beauty of honest communication and that’s why I teach Sing Like You Speak. It is designed to set your voice free to communicate intimately with your audience. There are many layers to strip away before you get to the simple, raw communication that grabs people’s attention – like a vise grip.

Once the layers are stripped away, the raw energy of a great performer is allowed to reach the audience. The audience gets goose bumps and it feels SO GOOD!

Let’s do the Singer Striptease.

Strip away those thoughts about what singing is and how you do it.
Say the lyrics out loud with meaning. Observe how natural and easy it is to speak the lyrics. Do your best to maintain the simplicity of speech when you add the music.

Strip away the idea that your inhale has to be enormous and effortful.
Replace that destructive thought with the fact that the purpose of the inhale is opening your instrument from the tip of your nose to your bottom.

Strip away how you ‘think’ the song ‘should’ sound.
Please don’t imitate how someone else has done the song. The world already has that version of the song. Make it your own! Saying the lyrics clearly and completely is guaranteed to bring a rich life and meaning to the song.

Strip away any pushing, shoving, struggling when you sing.
Instead of forcing the notes out of your body, open on your inhale and release the sound. Your strength as a singer rests is keeping your body open so the sound can move through unobstructed.

Speak your truth simply and clearly. Strip away all else and you will have a fabulous singing experience!

Enjoy!

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Singing Is Scary!

Singing Is Scary!

Recently 2 private singing students, within 2 days of each other, when struggling to sing, said, “Wait a second, I know what to do!”

Each made a mental adjustment after which their singing sounded amazing! When I asked what they did, both students used the exact same words. “I just remembered that it’s easy.”

That’s right! This proves an essential key to rock solid singing: singing responds to your thoughts about singing. Test it out right now.

Without singing at all, think, “Oh no! Here comes the high note!” and observe what your instrument, your body does in response. Bet there’s some pretty tight muscular action happening. Are you reaching up for the note? Are you already feeling embarrassed about messing up, which makes you pull back from making the sound?

Think, “This song is so hard.” Then observe what how your muscles react to that thought. That reaction in your body – your instrument – makes the song hard to sing!

Hold in mind that your family thought you should not sing! How’s that working for you? Not so much, right?

The mind has influence over the body. We embody our thoughts. So change your mind about singing and watch what happens.

Think, “Open my instrument; release the breath and sound.” Observe how your body responds to that thought.

Sing a phrase as you think, “Wow! This is fun!” Observe how does that feels. How different does your voice sound? Is your singing freer?

Singing Is Flow!

Singing Is Flow!

My bet is, yes!

Every day as I’m teaching singers, I see this science proven: thoughts produce a reaction in the body that either gets in the way of good singing or opens you up for good singing.

Singing Tip: Observe your thoughts about singing and then observe how those thoughts effect how you use your body – your instrument – to sing.

Then change your mind – about your singing!

Send me an email Sally@SallyMorganVoice.com and let me know what you learn!

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

“If I train my voice, will I sound trained?” I am asked this question often by singer-songwriters.

Most singers’ idea of a trained voice is sounding like an opera singer – an affected, ‘covered’ sound. I can understand singers not wanting that sound – I certainly don’t!

Sing Like You Speak training grew out of my frustration with classical training. A great singer needs training, must learn all about their intricate instrument, but training that frees your natural sound – training that helps you respond to the music with a healthy and powerful voice.

This video singing tip illustrates the difference between classical and contemporary training. Enjoy!

– See more at: http://singlikeyouspeak.com/singing-tip-vocal-training-you-need-without-sounding-trained/#sthash.BAIUAxQ4.dpuf

breathe, Sally

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Some of my voice students have not yet developed a vibrato. To convince these singers that ‘chasing down a vibrato’ or trying to ‘make it happen’ will never work, is the first step.

Vibrato is natural – when the voice is free to vibrate. Freeing the voice is what voice lessons ought to be all about. They certainly are when you study Sing Like You Speak.

Vibrato is a slight variation in pitch, a shimmer of overtone. You’ve heard forced vibrato also. It’s a very quick, tense with a slight variation of pitch. There’s also the warble vibrato – a slow and wide variation in pitch. Neither of these vibratos is natural. And neither will make a song sound better.

To develop a vibrato from straight tone – no vibrato – or from a ‘manufactured’ vibrato, the singer must free the voice to do its’ natural vibrating thing. As a singer develops the freedom required vibrato magic can happen.

I have a few students who are new to singing and have not yet developed a vibrato. As the voice becomes more free a slight shimmer begins to happen as a note is sustained. One student calls this ‘vibrato pixie dust’. There’s a sweetness to the sound as it begins to release.

To find your vibrato pixie dust, begin with an opening inhale to open your vocal instrument. It’s NOT about getting breath into your lungs, it’s about opening the airways and engaging the right muscles. As you sing, release the sound without any control or manipulation. No pushing, shoving or struggling allowed. Remain open and RELEASE your voice to the freedom of your natural instrument. You will begin to hear your vibrato pixie dust.

Of course, there is much more to learn about freeing your singing voice. I’m here to help sprinkle the pixie dust. I love what I do every day! http://SingLikeYouSpeak.com

– See more at: http://singlikeyouspeak.com/vibrato-pixie-dust/#sthash.wxvFytKM.dpuf

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Sing Like You Speak technique uses the natural ease and power of the speaking voice to ‘teach’ a singer how to sing just as easily and naturally. This is because most of us have some very strange habits around our singing. So ask yourself, “What if I talked like I sing?”

As you will see in this video, talking like you sing can have some pretty funky results! Enjoy.

– See more at: http://singlikeyouspeak.com/singing-tip-what-if-you-talked-like-you-sing/#sthash.l4AAyMf5.dpuf

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Are you a singer who struggles and stains for high notes?

Are you a singer-songwriter who dumbs down your writing because you’re not comfortable singing in a higher range?

You must be longing to belt out the high notes easily and powerfully and to watch the crowd go wild.

I understand. It really does feel amazing to let loose with a high note that impresses and makes you feel powerful.

The truth about high notes is that There’s No Such Thing as High Notes. That’s a pretty radical statement for a vocal trainer who wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique with 30+ years teaching experience. But it’s absolutely true.

There are no high notes. There are no low notes. There’s no mid-range notes. There are just different ways of expressing what you want to say.

Of course when you look at a ‘high note’ written on the musical staff, it looks higher. It vibrates higher in your body, higher in your head. Thus we get the term ‘head voice.’

But ‘high’ is only a label that helps us identify the quality or pitch of the sound.

‘High’ is just a label and nothing more.

The problem is that the label of ‘high’ has absolutely nothing do to with how to produce a great ‘high note.’ Most singers think that because it’s a ‘high’ note they have to come up higher in the body to produce that note.

You get tense when you know the high note is coming up. And physical tension in the body – your instrument – will never help you sing well.

So your first step in to singing easy high notes is to let go of the idea that they are high. Let go of the concept that they are difficult or different from other notes.

Instead, think of those notes as a different expression. When you are speaking and you get all excited, your voice pitches higher. And your speaking voice gets higher without any extra tension in your body because it’s a very natural thing to do.

It’s very natural when you are singing also – if you allow it to be so.

Singing ‘I love you’ in a low range is a different expression of love than singing ‘I love you’ in a high range. That is why the composer writes that specific word on that specific pitch – because s/he is looking to express a certain emotion.

From now on when you know the high note is coming, open up your instrument and inflect to that pitch and express what you need to say.

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Time to smile at a success story in the music biz where success is scarce and hard-won.

Women in Music is a terrific networking/support group that I have been privileged to be a member of for about a year now. I’ve been building relationships in this organization for that year. To meet more of these wonderful women I am always jumping in to help out where and when it’s needed and I also gave a Sing Like You Speak Master Class for the group.

At a recent WIM event I met two lovely young ladies who just started Gold Standard Collective, a management firm. These ladies had terrific energy and a real passion for good music. Two of my favorite qualities in people.

In the follow up emails after the event, we got to know each other better: I asked how I might help them grow their business. And they are actually looking for talent! She wanted to know if I had any students that were great performers. It just so happens…

I’ve been teaching a very talented young man for about 4 yrs now. Raw talent is what he had when we first met. And talent is a necessary component of any successful artist. But it takes more – a lot more.

Edmerald and I worked to find the sweet spot for his voice, to release the best part of his voice that was “trapped

Emerald Gan

Emerald Gan

inside” of him just bursting to get out. We got his phrasing, stage presence, connection with the audience, connection to the lyric and other aspects of professional singing to a high level.

At their request I sent a couple of Edmerald’s mp3’s to Gold Standard Collective. They love the tracks and met with him and love him as a person. They have a plan to market him here in the NY metropolitan area first and then begin to spread out regionally and then nationally. How cool is that?

Luck must be defined as, “being prepared when the opportunity opens up to you.” I had spent many years teaching and developing my vocal method, Sing Like You Speak when Edmerald came to me for lessons. I also had put in my time networking and making a good name for myself in the music biz.

Edmerald put in years of practice and study to polish his raw talent. He was open and ready to take it to the stage when opportunity knocked. He will continue to practice and study and grow as a performer, singer, musician as his career blossoms.

Nothing makes me happier than helping my students find the success they deserve. Well, maybe actually helping them develop their raw talent comes first, but only by a sliver.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Edmerald Gan. Click here to listen.

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

I’ve been teaching singing for a lot of years now and I’m still surprised by its’ magical spiritual power. The power of music is a mystery.

My constant companion for 15 years was my very special Welsh Corgi, Tucker. I lost my beautiful dog to old age complications just 12 days ago. We were partners, Tucker and I. He could wake me up in the middle of the night just by looking at me.

My grief has been debilitating. My brain refused to work. Teaching was very difficult because music tugs at your deepest emotions. You feel vulnerable and on the edge of loosing it sometimes when your singing is most free.

Here’s what really surprised me…

Teaching a student yesterday I sang a few bars to demonstrate how to achieve different effects with phrasing. As I was singing, it felt powerful and sure. Most of all I felt, actually felt, healing taking place.

When I’d finished teaching for the day, I sang some of my favorite music. I sang my heart out for a couple hours. Now I’m feeling like my strong, happy self again. There will still be tears and mourning, for sure. But each time I sing, more healing will take place and the loss will hurt a bit less.

Why this is such a surprise to me I don’t know. I’ll say that it’s healthy to be in awe of the mystical power of singing because then I simply trust.

Just think of how much positive energy you contribute to the world each time you sing with freedom – straight from your heart. Think about how much healthier your body is because you sing from your heart with total connection to the lyrics.

Celebrate the New Year with singing! And keep singing and singing and SINGING!!! Sing Like You Speak!

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Students sometimes come into their lesson with me and say, “I got it! I know the ONE thing I have to do to ‘fix’ my voice! If I do this (drop the jaw or breathe into my lower back or open the throat etc.) Then I’ll never have to worry about my voice again!”

When I ask for the student to enlighten me about this ONE magical thing that will fix her voice, the answer is usually a good partial solution to their singing challenges. I caution students against this instant gratification thinking.

Usually a week or 2 later the same student is complaining that the ‘fix’ doesn’t work any more. Then s/he gets so discouraged because If there was ONE fix for everyone’s voice Then singing would be easy.

The reality of the vocal instrument is that no ONE thing is going to ‘fix’ it for all time. The voice is alive and constantly changing and continuously responding to signals from the brain and the environment. The vocal production involves the respiratory, auditory, and neurological systems. It involves muscles from above the hard palate to the thighs. How can ONE thing possibly be the entire solution to good singing?

Do not be discouraged by this. Actually the complexity of the human voice is why it’s so captivating. As singers we have so many choices of expression through music.

If you want just one thing to do that will Then change your singing forever, begin with your inhale. Think of you inhale as opening your vocal instrument from the tip of your nose to the top of your ears to your tailbone, keeping in mind that your jaw must be loose to get an open inhale.

I’ve spent my entire career exploring my inhale. I find it fascinating and constantly rewarding to continue finding yet another small adjustment that opens my voice even more.

A true professional never ‘finished’ with her vocal training. There’s always something new to learn that will take your singing to a whole new level.

Grab on to the fascinating study of your singing voice. You’ll always be happy you did.

breathe,
Sally

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.


Steps on Broadway Presents:
Grover Dale / Donna McKechnie / Randy Skinner

Steps on Broadway is one of the two top dance schools in New York City. Many, many successful performers have been trained at this professional school. I am honored to be on staff as their Voice Teacher, training dancers to sing like you speak.

Steps wowed us all with a panel of 3 amazing musical theater performers, Grover Dale, Donna McKechnie and Randy Skinner, who shared their love for the craft and the wisdom of their years in the biz. I want to pass on one juicy tidbit from each of the three to you.

Randy Skinner has had a diversified career as a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, director and teacher. His word to the wise was: diversify. Be open to any opportunity that comes along. Always be learning and growing and take the jobs that are offered even if you’re not sure you will ‘like’ the job. You just never know…

Take singing lessons, take acting lessons, take dance lessons. Never stop taking classes if you want to work on the Broadway stage. That was Donna McKechnie advice. She told several wonderful stories about jobs she never would have landed if her craft had not been honed with all those classes.

And what can I say about Grover Dale except that he’s a force of nature. In his late 70’s and he had more energy than the rest of the room combined! His gem of wisdom was this: when you walk into an audition or a dance class or even a party, let your energy fill the room. Fill the room! It’s fascinating. Try it.

Being a successful performer is not about talent. There was not one mention of talent from this illustrious panel. Success requires constant learning and practice – taking your raw talent and developing craft. That’s how you stay in the biz until you choose to hang up your tap shoes. All the best to you.

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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